From toasters and sofas to a walk-in wardrobe and speakers in every room… the changing face of household status symbols
16:02 GMT, 20 August 2012
Modern women believe the ultimate status symbol is a walk-in wardrobe – while men think it’s music speakers in every room of the house.
The results from a new survey reveal how household tastes have changed with the times.
In the 1950s, a toaster and foam sofa were the most desired household items, while for the swinging sixties it was the washing machine.
What women want: A walk-in wardrobe is the ultimate status symbol for modern women, according to a poll (posed by model)
A decade later the colour television and hostess trolley were the most sought-after, and the 1980s was the age of the microwave.
Researchers, from coffee machine brand De’Longhi, quizzed 1,960 of the nation’s males and 2,082 females to find out what they most desire in their homes today.
The results show that men and women now have very different ideas on what makes their home complete.
While the walk-in wardrobe proved the most desirable for women (45 per cent), it was a high-tech sound system with speakers in every room for men (34 per cent).
The top ten for women also included a double-swing door fridge, followed by a Hot Tub and a Range Cooker.
The top ten for men saw the Hot tub placed second, followed by a 3D television.
Mark Swift, from De’Longhi said: 'It is fascinating to see how status symbols move with the times and fashions over the decades. Some are very clearly of their time, and don’t date particularly well.
'But others become widely accepted as the years go by, to the point that eventually no home is without them.
'Styles and fashions may come and go – but it seems we will never tire of buying status symbols for the house.'
Coveted: A home hot tub was high on the wish list for men and women (posed by models)
As many as 43 per cent admitted they had ‘gadget envy’ with those under 34 more susceptible than their elders.
One in five said they love to show off their latest household purchases when friends and family visited.
And 26 per cent of women said they found it more exciting to buy a new household gadget than a pair of shoes.
When asked what future status symbols might be, participants named a shower that blow dries hair and a dishwasher that puts the dishes away.
Others also dreamed of a fridge which digitally orders more food, a wardrobe that suggests outfit combinations and a manicure and pedicure machine.
WOMEN'S TOP TEN
1. Walk-in wardrobe (45 per cent)
2. U.S.-style fridge (38 per cent)
3. Hot tub (37 per cent)
4. Range cooker (24 per cent)
5. Noise-activated lights and blinds (21 per cent)
6. 3D TV (19 per cent)
7. Coffee machine (8 per cent)
8. Temperature controlled wine cabinet (7 per cent)
= 9.Free standing food mixer
= 9. Gas barbecue (6 per cent)
MEN'S TOP TEN
1. Music speakers in every room (34 per cent)
2. Hot tub (32 per cent)
3. 3D TV (31 per cent)
4. U.S.-style fridge (27 per cent)
5. Noise-activated lights and blinds (24 per cent)
6. Walk-in wardrobe (21 per cent)
7. Range cooker (15 per cent)
8. Coffee machine (9 per cent)
9. Temperature controlled wine cabinet (8 per cent)
10. Recycling compactor (7 per cent)